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An insight into the development and evolution of the Main Theme and SotP OST... *Tracks are unmastered so feel free to crank up the volume :)

Posted by WaseemFarazButt on Nov 13th, 2011

Following my debut work of my first mod at New Dawn another Sins of a Solar Empire mod,
I was approached by Canadaman to write and score the music for SotP,
An opportunity I felt honoured to be given at the chance to succeed in.

Initially when i first started work, I drew up alot of inspiration from my first debut work at New Dawn.
As working from one Sins of a Solar Empire Mod to another; I was familiar with the space setting and the illustrious vastness of the universe that existed in the game.
However I realized that with the relation to the iconic franchise of Halo, I would have to create something so powerful, just and befitting to suit its reputable and epic world.

1. New Beginnings This was my first and early attempt at making a main menu theme...

As well as using the conventional range of instruments which included your usual String Spiccatos and Horns what have you. I at that time after moving from New Dawn wanted this time to not use too many of the organic and conventional instruments i had used before.
I at that time was discovering a new string synth and chose to incorporate it to try and emulate the futurism and feel of a universe in space.
You can hear this quite promeniently after 0:25, and later it gets carried with the weight of the Horns underneath.
From 1:41 I involved a second alternate theme and put it right next to the first to give the menu music without a stern gap some diversity.
And in this second theme near the beginning I employed the inspiration of a familiar sound that I am sure Halo players would be all familiar with, the 1st Halo Main Theme.
At 1:54 you can hear the Horns playing a piece from the beginning of the Halo Theme Song which was sung by the choir at the beginning. I did this to give this piece some familiar grounding and keep it in line with Halo. As I was aware that most of the players may have wanted to hear some kind of consistency and connection between the music and the mod under Halo's name.
So I proceeded accordingly to implement this during the creational process of this piece.

Sadly, disaster struck and I lost the project files to this composition after a HDD meltdown...

2. Sins of the Prophets Suite 1 Following the painful loss of my first theme that I had so much more to build on,
I decided
to not return and recreate it and instead embark upon what would be known as a "Suite" track.

A "Suite" track is usually a single composition that collates and encompasses extracts taken from other tracks that form the whole OST.
What I planned for my next piece; would be to create a track that not only involved the main theme, but also derivative themes of Battle and Ambience that would ultimately collate the entire SotP OST in this one track.
The Idea came when I realized; to make the OST I would have to make several tracks all consistent with one another. So I decided first, to make a "master" track to use as a main resource and inspiration for the rest of the OST, which wouldn't also be limited to just that one track.

This composition had me thinking outside the box in terms of my comfort zones, where I would usually have fancied a coherence in progression to my compositions. But with this track in mind, it was the process of coming up with numerous different parts and trying to jigsaw them all together side by side and somehow make it fit.
I think the best way to have described this experience would have been to call this composition the
"fruit salad" of SotP. Looking at the individual segments as different fruits, such as apples, pears, oranges, individually on their own these would have become their own compositions and had their own flavours in the OST. But together, in their culmination it formed an interesting extensive "fruit salad" of a suite track.

Initially what would follow would become a gradual step in development of the Main Theme as well as the rest of the SotP OST.



I have much more to talk about as well as revealing more compositions.
However If I were to continue it would have made this article too long a read.
So I will reserve them for you in the coming Part 2 Article.

Part 1|Part 2 |Part 3
Thank you for reading!
Waseem Faraz Butt

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noing
noing Nov 13 2011, 8:51pm says:

well waseem i loved ur work at new dawn
and this is nothing like that :) go figure ehh
you have done a fabulous job with this
great work!!

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stargate157486
stargate157486 Nov 13 2011, 10:06pm says:

i think this are realy good

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Spartan052
Spartan052 Nov 13 2011, 10:52pm says:

Verey nice, and I love the fact that you have added the music from the halo games to this as a tribute (I guess). This is one game I will be verey happy to have and play.

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Riccars
Riccars Nov 14 2011, 12:31am says:

If I'm not mistaken the menu theme in the original Sins may have been a suite. I felt it had a lot of elements from other songs in the game.

Also, your songs are amazing.

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IceBlade09
IceBlade09 Nov 14 2011, 1:55am says: Online

Truly amazing work, keep it up.

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BlueAdmiral
BlueAdmiral Nov 14 2011, 3:05am says:

Waseem you somehow never seem to stop impressing upon me such amazing sound. Your works so far really go out to grab the raw emotions of what you wish to depict in the universes given as starting points. All of them convey the emotion so wonderfully that the mind drifts with the music as it is playing. I hope to see more works from you and am excited to hear you are doing the Halo: SotP theme song. Rock on.

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WaseemFarazButt
WaseemFarazButt Nov 14 2011, 3:27am replied:

To tell you the truth,
After a mixed reception from the first work i posted; Tribeock,
which wasn't exactly going to be an official work seeing as it was made
1 year ago; where the main reason i put it up there was to let everyone know i was around, before returning from holiday:
The pressure to compose a soundtrack for a Halo mod that would be witnessed by its 1200+ followers never left the back of my mind. 1000 more than my previous mod, feelings of excitement and trepidation became me.

However... its the comments and appraisals by people like you on this section that... have really made a difference to my work and why I continue to make such pieces, for the love of music and the fans.

Thank you so much...to all

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brodur
brodur Nov 14 2011, 2:41pm replied:

I think you should really consider this as a full time job, there is good money out there for composers like you.

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macker8894
macker8894 Nov 14 2011, 2:34pm says:

I look forward to playing alongside these great works. Keep it up, you've just gained another fan ^^)

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EagleWulf
EagleWulf Nov 14 2011, 4:13pm says:

What a beauty, please tell me you did not do this by your self!

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elite879
elite879 Nov 14 2011, 8:04pm says:

I went to Soundcloud eager for download links but found none.
I'm assuming you set them to private so people can't steal your work.

Great job anyway, you're ridiculously talented.

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mitchoei
mitchoei Nov 15 2011, 1:03am says:

wow. amazing work.

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HammBoyTheDestroyer
HammBoyTheDestroyer Nov 29 2011, 7:00pm says:

Love how you implemented the original Sins theme into the "New Beginnings!"

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Wolf186
Wolf186 Dec 5 2011, 8:09pm says:

I wish you had a download for these tracks!

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